Liberals lashed out a New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman over the timing of a report claiming former President Donald Trump improperly destroyed documents from his White House tenure.
Haberman said staff at the White House on more than one occasion found the toilets clogged with wads of clumped up printed papers, suggesting that Trump was destroying documents.
“It was not toilet paper, this was either notes, or some other piece of paper, they believe that he had thrown down the toilet,” Haberman said on CNN. “It could be post-its, it could be notes he wrote to himself, it could be other things, we don't know.”
While her colleagues praised her for the scoop, Haberman was excoriated by many on social media who accused her of withholding the tidbit until she could make money off of it in a book.
Among those criticizing Haberman was Hollywood actress Ellen Barkin.
“Do you think @maggieNYT can get a spot on Dancing With The Felons?” she tweeted to her 244k followers.
“It’s not a ‘scoop;' if you sat on it for years so you could make money off your book. Maggie Haberman has failed as a journalist and put her own profits above the interests of the American people,” read another angry tweet.
“What else is @maggieNYT holding back about the Trump menace until her book comes out in October. I am calling on her to reveal any facts which implicate crimes & danger to our country,” replied activist Richard Signorelli.
“Oh yay more ‘she withheld reporting at the time so it could go in her book' scoops. What a shameful practice,” responded writer Anita Creamer.
Others angrily accused Haberman of hypocrisy based on a perceived animus against failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“How many front page stories did Maggie Haberman write about Hillary Clinton’s emails? Yet she concealed information about Trump flushing documents down the White House toilets,” read another tweet.
Trump denied the report that he had flushed documents down the toilet during his time at the White House, and said “some reporter” had made it up “in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book.”
Here's more about the report from Haberman's book:
Book reveals Trump staff found flushed papers in White House toilet
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